In continuation with the last blog on 360 degree view of your deployment (/blogs/2012/05/15/get-a-360-degree-view-across-your-netscaler-branch-repeater-deployments/), we will focus this blog on the power of quick reports.

Getting the inside information on how your deployment is performing, can be a tricky thing. Command Center provisions the flexibility of defining a template for precisely the kind of report you need, which is called Custom Reports. It runs across multiple devices with multiple counters and can perform aggregate reporting.

But, there will be moments, you might need to take quick decisions or perform a quick analysis. Times like these, you would want to quickly run a report for a single device and check its systems health or analyze how many active connections are established across its services. To cater to urgencies like these, to get information as quickly as possible and not define anything, Quick Reports were introduced.

The thought behind quick report was to enable user to generate reports without defining any parameters or a template. The user just needs to Goto the Quick Reports tab, Set the counters and time period and Get the graphical reports for the selected counters in a jiffy!

Let’s see, how easy it is to generate quick reports 🙂

Step 1: Under Reporting tab, Go to Quick Reports.

Step 2: Set the device and the counter

Step 3: Getthe graphs by clicking on View Graph

With these three easy steps, you can generate desired reports in no time!

Why these three graphs?

There are 3 tables that are maintained on Command Center for Reporting.

–  First table has 5 minutes default polling interval which is maintained for 14 days. On 15th day, the new data polled, will over-write the old data in the table.

–  Second table has hourly default polling interval which is maintained for 30 days. On 31st day the data will over-write the old data.

–  Third table has daily (once a day) default polling interval which is maintained for 365 days. Even in this, the new data after 365 days, will over-write the old data.

This way, whenever Command Center generates reports, it generates reports from all the three table it maintains.

What more can you do here?

Once you have the graphs generated, you can do the following:

  • Change the type of chart plots to line, area ,bar, stacked area or even stacked bar
  • Zoom in or Zoom out over the plotted charts
  • Customize different instances with different type of plots
  • Export the data over the charts to CSV or XML formats

With this we end the blog on the power of quick reports. Next blog we will cover how customized reporting (Custom Reports) can change the way you achieve performance reporting!